Feb 12, 2023 - 6th Sunday after the Epiphany
Welcome in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. If you are visiting, we are glad that you are here and kindly ask that you sign our guest book at the sanctuary doors. If you would like to become a member, please speak to the Pastor. In case of illness, the Pastor should be informed. He will always be glad to speak with those who are confronted with problems of a spiritual nature. The time before worship is a quiet time for prayer and meditation to prepare for worship. Please see the inside cover of the hymnal for prayers and page 329f to prepare for Holy Communion. Communicant members are asked to fill out a communion card found in the pew racks and place it in the offering plates.
Christ Sets Life Before Us so that We Can Walk in His Ways
The God who reveals Himself in His incarnate Son promises life and blessing to all who obey
His commandments “by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules” (Deut. 30:16). However, we are “people of the flesh” and “infants in Christ” (1 Cor. 3:1), among whom “there is jealousy and strife”
(1 Cor. 3:3). Jesus must instruct us against the human ways of anger, adultery, divorce and false witness (Matt. 5:21–37), because all who live in these ways “shall surely perish” (Deut. 30:18). On the cross, He died to forgive our sins and free us from the ways of curse and death. Since
Jesus Christ is our “life and length of days” (Deut. 30:20), we can be reconciled to our brother, live in chastity and marital faithfulness, and speak with honesty. He who serves from His cross also offers His gift of reconciliation at His altar, and we can be at peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ who are “God’s field, God’s building” (1 Cor. 3:9).
Collect of the day:
O Lord, hear the prayers of Your people that we who justly suffer the consequence of our sin may be mercifully delivered by Your goodness to the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting Three on page 184
Introit is found on the insert and is sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9 Matthew 5: 21 - 37
HYMNS: 496, 394, 921
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Irene
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Noah
Friends and Fellow Christians: Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Allison; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Kylene (friend of Gina’s); Rev. Ron Mohr; family/friends of Al Zoldy who went home on Jan. 28.
Mission Prayers for February: Reverend Anastacio - Nicaragua, Reverend Angel Antonio Salazar Macías - Nicaragua, Rev. Deaconess Carmen Matinez - Nicaragua, Deaconess Fatima Lopez Zepeda - Nicaragua
LENT: begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22. On March 1, 2023, a Lenten calendar will be printed and available with daily devotional Bible verses for you. Any thoughts or questions on these verses, you can email Pastor or call him. Blessings to all as we look forward to Easter.
DURHAM REGION PLANNING MEETING: regarding severance of land for property sale will take place on February 13 at 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in viewing the meeting you can do so at https://www.eventstream.ca/events/durham-region.
LADIES SEMINAR: LWMLC will be hosting the Oaks of Righteousness seminar at Peace Lutheran Church in Tillsonburg on Saturday May 6. Come and learn of God’s wonderful exchange, how creation depicts the glory of God, and how women of the Bible exemplify the strength of an oak. All ladies welcome! The cost is $40 which includes registration, seminar booklet, snacks, and lunch. Registration form and cheque are due by April 15. Please see Diana Grant for further information or assistance with registration.
This Week under Grace
Today (g) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Monday 1:00pm Durham Region Planning meeting on our land severance
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Exodus 24: 8-18 2 Peter 1: 16-21 Matthew 17: 1-9